Have you ever taken notice with how arbitrary this society applies "adult status" or how insanely the laws related to such arbitrary designations are applied.
Consider the case of a thirteen year old. He/She is told over and over again they aren't old enough to decide things for themselves, that the adults know what's best. If He/She decides to commit a a crime like murder, all of a sudden they can be charged as an adult. Where is the logic here? If they are told they are not adult enough to decide things for themselves, then how can they be punished for making adult choices? (please not I am not arguing they be let off as innocent. I am simply pointing out the arbitrary nature of defining adulthood with a number.)
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